Integration of Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds

Interdisciplinary care is essential in ensuring all elements of a patients care are not missed. SIBR (Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds) is a program that can be utilised by various medical, surgical and oncology wards to instill patient centred care and also prevent delays in discharge. Groups of medical professionals could differ dependant on the common needs of those patient groups. For example - oncology wards consisting of Dietitian, Physio, OT, Social work, Nurse in charge and Doctor. Approx 5 minute bedside rounds that summarise patients care while involving the patient.

Why the contribution is important

SIBR allows for easy communication between all health professionals as each discipline is not across processes for other areas and so working collaboratively can prevent delayed discharges. It maintains accountability as all health professionals are having conversations WITH the patient instead of about them privately. It also allows patients to bring up any concerns or events that could impact on the planned discharge date or alternatively could fast track discharge if they can contribute to the troubleshooting of getting discharged faster. In my experience, it is poor communication that delays discharges.

by hoolec on May 17, 2019 at 08:30AM

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  • Posted by Reemac May 28, 2019 at 10:33

    I believe this structured bedside round has already been trialled on a ward in Metro South and reported on - I haven't reviewed the report however I know that after the trial was completed, it was not implemented - with just one of the issues being the physical space of the wards - difficulty maintaining confidentiality within a four bed space, and challenging having the number of health staff surrounding a bed within this confined space (six + staff surrounding one patient and their family member (8 people) in a four bed bay on a hospital ward)- just one issue that was identified.
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